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July 14, 2006

The Milwaukee comes to Brazil

I have been following the Milwaukee Railroad as it passed from Moravia through Rathbun and Mystic. It dipped down southward from the south central part of Mystic and entered Brazil and turned west, following a course along the northern edge of Brazil, parallel to the south city limits of Mystic.

The Egypt Mine was located along Walnut Creek in the northeast part of Brazil. It was three quarters of a mile from the Mystic business district. It was south of the railroad and on the east side of the road interconnecting Mystic and Brazil and terminating in 6th Street in Mystic.

The mine was a slope mine on the east side of Walnut Creek going underground at the tracks of the electric railroad. It was a slope mine with 103 acres and operated from 1901 to 1926.

An elaborate trestle was constructed from the mine mouth across the creek and to the tipple located on the Milwaukee Railroad. It was about 600 feet long and up to 65 feet high at its highest point. The mine had steam power. In 1912 Luther Howe, age 50, was killed by a fall of rock in this mine.

The Harmon Subdivision of Brazil was probably developed at the time the Interurban Railroad came through the eastern edge of Brazil on the way to Mystic in 1910. It went near the entrance to the Egypt Mine and had 14 lots. The mine went underground at the tracks of the electric railroad. The Interurban Railroad operated on an hourly schedule and these miners and their families had easy connections to Centerville as well as a short walk to the mine. Before the days of the automobile, this was very important.

I don’t know whether the Egypt Mine was actually in Brazil or in Mystic. The older maps show it in Brazil but the modern Mystic map shows a city limit further south, possibly a later incorporation. I wanted to see the mine for myself it at all possible.

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